I was losing steam towards the end of my hike to Bondwa Peak, a point in the Uluguru Mountains of central Tanzania with an elevation over a mile high. We had set out for the top from the town of Morogoro, five and a half hours earlier, and I was beginning to debate whether the views would be worth it.
While straggling behind my boyfriend and our guide, a miracle occurred: a three-horned chameleon darted out of the underbrush, looking as though it had come straight from the Jurassic and into our path.
Not only were we treated to an unanticipated wildlife sighting of a rare and gorgeous animal, I was able to linger a few extra minutes to take pictures – and catch my breath! (And yes, the views were worth it in the end).